Pope would be good fit for West Ham, says former England international

Former England right back Glen Johnson believes Burnley’s Nick Pope would be a good fit for West Ham.

The Clarets keeper, capped eight times by the Three Lions, has been linked with a move to Championship winners Fulham, should Burnley be relegated from the Premier League.

And there has also been speculation suggesting West Ham could make a move, on the back of his superb display at the London Stadium last month, when he produced magnificent saves to deny Issa Diop and Michail Antonio to preserve a point for Burnley in Mike Jackson’s first game in interim charge.

Johnson, now 37, started his career with the Hammers, before joining Chelsea for £6m after West Ham’s relegation in 2003, going on to play for Portsmouth, Liverpool and Stoke City, before retiring in January 2019, after Stoke’s relegation in May 2018.

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GGRecon have spoken to Johnson regarding his former club being linked with a move for Pope, and the suggestion he could replace former Arsenal man Łukasz Fabiański.

In an excerpt from an interview at https://www.ggrecon.com/articles/glen-johnson-gaming-salah-more/ ahead of West Ham’s Europa League semi-final second leg in Frankfurt, Johnson said: “It’d be fantastic for Fabiański to end his West Ham career lifting that Europa League trophy in Seville.

“He’s been a good servant to them and he’s still a good keeper, but Nick Pope’s another good goalkeeper as well, and somewhere like West Ham would suit him.”